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The importance of Home in Frances Burney’s Evelina (1778) and Jane Austen’s Persuasion (1816).

In A Room of One’s Own (1929), Virginia Woolf informs us that ‘towards the end of the eighteenth century, a change came about which, if I were rewriting history, I should describe more fully and think of greater importance than the Crusades or the Wars of the Roses. 2,276 more words

Vauxhall Gardens: The Music, 1732-1859

The Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens is one of the places I’d love to slip back in time to visit, just to catch a glimpse of what it was like. 1,300 more words

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Evelina's guide to letter writing

Evelina is an epistolary novel. Mostly made up of Evelina’s letters to her guardian Mr Villars. Much like everything else in the eighteenth century letter writing was subject to an arcane set of rules the breaking of which could spell social ruin. 462 more words

Evelina's guide to ball etiquette

Poor Evelina she doesn’t have much luck at Balls! As one of the principal opportunities for social interaction and flirtation knowing how to behave at a ball was incredibly important. 643 more words

The important bit....

I know that there are a few of you reading this blog who are not related to me, not fascinated by knitting and not here for my erudite rambling about cake and books. 465 more words


Discharged: Tuesday 14th July 2015

This time last week I had just returned from London after my final appointment at the Evelina. Yes, you read that right, I am never going back. 743 more words